Meditation is not a pause in life.
It is the ceaseless yoga of full presence.
Every moment can be a moving, living, breathing meditation. Regular practice helps us recognize this state and remain aware of it as we engage with the world.
Skydancer Sangha is a supportive, practice-oriented assembly designed to create habits of mindfulness, compassion, and skillful means that transcend the meditation session and infuse our lives. Our eclectic approach integrates pagan and Tibetan Buddhist practices, and our rituals are deeply rooted in classical teachings while being honestly contextualized within the Western experience. We acknowledge the cultural challenges in replicating the exact conditions that we would find in Tibet or in paganism of antiquity, and we instead seek to create practices and patterns of action that are relevant to our current time and place.
Skydancer Sangha also stands apart from the patriarchal and dogmatic trends found in the more traditional contexts of religious Buddhism. We are a socially conscious, feminist sangha, and we dedicate our practice to the dharma of empowering ourselves to be of service, generating goddess consciousness, manifesting the enlightened feminine, engaging social justice, and embodying bodhicitta for all beings and the Earth. We emulate the khandros, or skydancers, both living and mythic, encouraging fearlessness, boldness, freedom, joy, fierceness, and creative expression, especially for women and the oppressed.
Part of the practical work of our Sangha is to sustain and support the temple of Yeshe Tsogyal in Tibet, with both prayer and finances.
May our efforts benefit all beings.